Cola Chameleon

A cola that might make Mayor Bloomberg proud

Sugary soda is practically illegal in some cities. See: the recently passed New York City ban.

But we've discovered an old-fashioned version of cola that even Mayor Bloomberg might approve of: Brooklyn-based Q Drinks' newly released Q Kola ($9 for a four-pack of 8-ounce bottles).

Unlike so many overly syrupy soft drinks, Q Kola is made in the classic cola style–which originally had a bitter flavor, thanks to the kola nut. Spicy notes from cinnamon, coriander, cloves and nutmeg shine through, as does a tang from lemon, lime and orange. Agave nectar provides a whisper of sweetness.

The ingredients are organic, and an 8-ounce bottle has only 70 calories. Larger 750-ml bottles are perfect for parties and gatherings; use the libation to mix a more nuanced version of a Rum & Coke.

But be careful: Noise complaints are frowned upon too.